The Master of Science degree program is offered by a diverse group of faculty whose research interests span a wide range of topics. The degree prepares students for professional careers in industry and government, or for the pursuit of further graduate degrees. A written thesis or peer-reviewed manuscript is required for students seeking a M.S. degree. M.S. students are expected to conduct scientific research under the supervision of an advisor, and to have a basic understanding of the fundamental principles and practices related to the primary area of their study. A written thesis is required of all MSCI masters students.
The M.S. program of study and other specific degree requirements are planned in consultation with the graduate student, the graduate student’s advisory committee, the Marine Science Graduate Studies Committee, and the Marine Science Program Director.
The M.S. degree requires the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours, including 12 hours of core courses
- MSCI 545 - Geological Oceanography
- MSCI 750 - Advanced Biological Oceanography
- MSCI 781 - Physical Oceanography
- MSCI 782 - Chemical Oceanography
and one additional course numbered 700 or above (other than 799, Thesis Preparation). The remaining credits may be earned in courses numbered above 500, including 6 hours of 799. Relevant coursework may be chosen from MSCI and non-MSCI courses.